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Oct. 20, 2012
HOUGHTON, Mich. - Seth Ambroz notched his first two goals of the season including the game winner with 3:35 left in the game on Saturday night to give the No. 1 Minnesota men's hockey team a 3-2 win over Michigan Tech and give Gophers head coach Don Lucia his 600th career win.
With a 600-329-83 career record in more than 25 years as a head coach, Lucia is now just the 10th head coach in NCAA history to reach the 600-win milestone. Now in his 14th season behind the Gophers' bench, Lucia has a 321-174-54 record as Minnesota's head coach.
Minnesota (3-1-0 overall, 1-1-0 WCHA) outshot the Huskies 34-18 overall and allowed eight or fewer shots in all three periods.
Ambroz snapped a 12-game goal drought at 17:45 of the first period when he lit the lamp for the first time this season - knocking in a loose puck in front of the Michigan Tech crease. Kyle Rau and Ben Marshall earned assists on the goal while Mark Alt initially set up the scoring play. The Gophers would end the first with a 1-0 lead although Chad Pietila evened the game at 1-1 for Michigan Tech 6:18 into the second period.
Later in the second, Erik Haula continued his success against the Huskies with a goal at 11:34 that gave Minnesota its second lead of the night. The junior forward found the net for the third time this year to tie Nick Bjugstad for the team lead - this time being set up freshman defenseman Mike Reilly. In eight career games against Michigan Tech, Haula has two goals and 10 points.
Michigan Tech (2-2-0, 1-1-0 WCHA) made it interesting, tying the game with 57 seconds left in the second period when Ryan Furne found the net for the first time this year to set up a climatic end to the contest.
With just 3:35 remaining in the game, Ambroz - who entered the night with five career goals - slipped a wrist shot behind Michigan Tech's Pheonix Copely for the eventual game winner. Travis Boyd and Nate Condon set up the game-deciding goal. The Huskies would pull Copely in the final moments of the night and pressured the Gophers' net, but Minnesota freshman goaltender Adam Wilcox was having none of it.
Wilcox put together a stellar performance in goal for the Gophers, improving to 2-0-0 in his first year with the squad. The rookie netminder made 16 saves in the win and came up big when Minnesota needed him to throughout the night. Copely took the loss for Michigan Tech, falling to 1-2-0 on the year after making 31 saves for the Huskies.
Minnesota returns to action on Friday with Military Appreciation Night for the team's exhibition game against the U.S. Under-18 team. The Gophers continue the regular season on Sunday at Mariucci Arena against Canisius.
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